School: The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (Los Angeles)
Licensed since: 2007
Continuing Education: Structural Bodywork with Garnet Dupuis at Santa Monica School of Massage
Barton Marks is an Austin native with training from The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Los Angeles. After his basic training he completed a course in Structural Bodywork by LA master Garnet Dupuis at Santa Monica School of Massage. Barton has compiled over 600 hours of education and uses techniques derived from a variety of trainings including Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, structural integration, and the Alexander Technique to provide a customized massage unique to every client. In his private practice he focuses on distance athletes: marathoners, cyclists, and tri-athletes. From athletes to those who spend too much time in from of the computer, his goal is to reduce stress, eliminate pain, and improve lost range of motion so his clients can regain mental and physical balance.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
How many hours of training do you have?
I have 700 hours of training.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
I had an expensive, unnecessary and ineffective surgery for an issue that was eventually managed through massage. I want to help people in similar circumstances.
Where did you go to school for massage?
The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (Los Angeles), Santa Monica School of Massage (Los Angeles) and Texas Healing Arts Institute (Austin).
How do you describe your massage style to others?
I specialize in repetitive stress injuries. When you have something that is hurting you from an activity you can’t or won’t stop doing, whether athletics or using the computer for work, come see me. You break it, I fix it.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I’m drawn to educational opportunities that are technical and analytical in nature, like postural analysis, sports massage, and injury specific training.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
I had a leg injury from years of soccer that was randomly swelling and disabling me. I actually wasn’t sure I would be able to be a massage therapist in school until my wife, also a massage therapist, resolved the issue in a couple of sessions.
What do you do to stay healthy?
I’m a competitive swimmer and manage my stress by spending time with friends and family.
What is the difference between sports massage and deep tissue massage?
It depends. Sometimes sports massage is actually deep tissue massage working on sports related issues. It’s also more maintenance type of work like stretching and flushing for faster recovery and injury prevention.
What is your approach to sports massage?
I like to do what needs doing to allow my clients to perform their sport at the level they want. Whether its preventing injuries as they train for their first marathon, fixing a persistent injury on a professional Ironman (or woman), or putting some kinesio tape on an injury to get them through a race they spent months preparing for.
How do you approach pain management massage?
My approach is multi-pronged. First, I try and get them out of pain. Next, making sure that pain stays away. Lastly, we work to restore balance in gravity.
What techniques do you frequently use in pain management massage?
I bring my full bag of tricks to pain management. Deep tissue, stretching, and kinesio tape make frequent appearances.
What is Kinesiotape and who do you recommend it for?
Kinesio tape has lots of useful applications. It can be used to improve circulation after an injury or for those suffering with edema. Its great for muscle spasm, like those times you wake up with a crick in the neck or throw out your back. And kinesio tape is a great tool to help athletes continue to train when taking rest is an unrealistic option.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
Myo does a great job of matching the right clients with the right therapist.